George Harrison

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25 February 1943, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, d. 29 November 2001, Los Angeles, California, USA. As the youngest member of the Beatles, Harrison was constantly overshadowed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Although ‘Don’t Bother Me’ (With The Beatles), ‘I Need You’ (Help!) and ‘If I Needed Someone’ (Rubber Soul) revealed a considerable compositional talent, such contributions were swamped by his colleagues’ prodigious output. Instead, Harrison honed a distinctive guitar style, modelled on rockabilly mentor Carl Perkins, and was responsible for adding the sitar into the pop lexicon through its complementary use on ‘Norwegian Wood’.

Harrison’s infatuation with India was the first outward sign of his growing independence, while his three contributions to Revolver, noticeably ‘Taxman’ and ‘I Want To Tell You’, showed a newfound musical maturity. The Indian influence...

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